Feel Good R&B Covers: Michael Buble, Nicholas David, Run DMC, Linda Ronstadt

“JUST ONE LOOK”     LINDA RONSTADT
CINDY-CRAWFORD-PEPSI-COMMERCIAL-largeOne of the first one-hit wonders was Doris Troy. Discovered by James Brown at a nightclub, Doris joined the hottest rhythm and blues music label at the time, Atlantic Records. They had artists like Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Aretha, and Wilson Pickett in their fold. Doris’ claim to fame is her hit, “Just One Look”. The song has been covered by artists like The Hollies and Linda Ronstadt but most remember it best for being used in a famous Pepsi commercial with supermodel, Cindy Crawford.

 

“SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL”    MICHAEL BUBLE

michael bubleThe Drifters had a big hit with this song in 1961. It was written by the famous New York songwriting team, Gerry Goffin and his wife, a young Carole King (long before her legendary 70’s album Tapestry). Michael Buble’s 2010 version of “Some Kind Of Wonderful” has to bring a smile to your face with its uplifting beat and his crooner style. This is a live performance on NBC’s Today show with Hoda and Kathy Lee.

“LET’S STAY TOGETHER”       RUN D.M.C. with JAGGED EDGE
There are so many covers of Al Green’s bedroom anthem, “Let’s Stay Together”, but if you can’t beat the original why not take it in a different direction. Jagged Edge adds their soulful touch that reminds us of the smooth vocals of Al Green but the true highlight is the return of Run DMC for an old school rap intro to put a little spin on the 70’s classic.

“LEAN ON ME”      NICHOLAS DAVID
The American TV viewers voted Cassadee Pope, the winner of this season of NBC’s The Voice. Cassadee is a beautiful woman but her voice is often pitchy and her style is so reminiscent of Avril Lavigne that it feels like a parody of her. Ironically, Avril sang with Cassadee on the final episode. The true original and most creative singer this season was the blue-eyed soul of Nicholas David. Here’s his unforgettable cover of Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” complete with a church choir and a passionate interpretation of the lyrics.

 

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